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Sonic Not-so-Special $5.95
Posted by GawgaDave on 06/30/2009
BUFORD/FLOWERY BRANCH/BRASELTON, GEORGIA -- Sonic Not-so-Special 5 for $5.95

Funny thing how advertising works for this company. Most days I pass through Sonic (which avgs 3 times a week) they have signs posted on their marquee and around the Drive-thru and the Drive up window with their “5 for $5.95 Tuesday special”. Of course, today is Tuesday so I head over to get their advertised special. Upon arrival, I look for the signage to confirm I’ve come on the correct day. Not a single sign in sight anywhere on the premise.

With the employee coming over the intercom asking for my order I stated “ Is today the 5 for $5.95 special ??” the reply was “What would you like on your burgers?”. Again I asked, “is this the day for the 5 for $5.95 special”. The reply this time was ”yes, would you like cheese on your burgers?”. My reply followed as ”I’d like whatever comes on them with the $5.95 special”. Their reply was “you can get them any way you want”. I replied “Ok, however them come. I’d also like .. (Drinks and tots)”. They told me the total cost and said to pull to the window.

I paid the amount told to me $17.56 Took my food and headed home. Once home, I decided to look over the receipt to confirm the $5.95 special. The receipt reads as follows:
5 ALL CB $14.95 (burgers)
1 LG TT 1.99
1 XL SLUSH 1.99
1 XL SLUSH 1.99
1 XL SLUSH 1.99
5 5 FOR 5.95 -6.50
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ST 16.41
TX 1.15
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TOTAL 17.56


So.. Doing a little math $14.95 – 6.50 = $8.45 funny, that’s NOT $5.95

Next step… called the store asked for the manager. The gentleman on the phone says “speaking”… I asked “Is this the manager?” The reply “Yes”. I asked “what is your name?” His reply “Scotty”.
I proceeded to explain: “I just went through the Drive-thru, and asked for the $5.95 special. The receipt says they charged $14.95 then gave a credit of $6.50… that means they charged me $8.95 for my $5.95 special.” His reply “It’s extra for the cheese”. My response “I asked for the $5.95 special, they asked if I wanted cheese, I said I’ll take whatever comes on them for the $5.95 special. I never did say I wanted cheese”. His response “Well, we make the burgers individually to whatever you want”. I responded “ I told the order taker 3 times, whatever comes on the $5.95 special”.

He finally said “I’m sorry for YOUR confusion. The cheese is 40 cents extra per burger. I can put your name in our book for a credit for the cheese on your next visit. If you give me your name, I’ll credit you with a $2 coupon”. I accepted his offer at face value and gave my name…. conversation ended.

But then after hanging up.. it hit me.. $8.45 - $2.00 = $6.45 Still NOT $5.95… I’m still screwed.

So, I call back the store. Scotty answers. I stated “I just called a minute ago about the $5.95 special issue… are you the location manager or shift manager?” His reply “I’m the assistant manager” I then asked for the store location number (5756 Spout Springs Road) and the general managers name (Mia Parks). Told him I’d be contacting the general manager, the district manager, corporate headquarters… and that I’d be posting this anywhere & everywhere I can on the internet.

One other thing I’ve been pondering… is their special for slush Drinks. Seems they have afternoon half price specials. I’ve noticed they seem to charge a “surcharge” of 20 cents for the flavor on these Drinks. If I get this right, with the price and surcharge, that comes to more than half price.

Does anyone besides me see deceptive advertising and practices here ??? Any legal eagles want to file a class action suit to get their attention ??

Maybe the greed for profits has skewed the focus of management, but considering a similar issue has occurred in my past with this company, it seems to be a business plan in place to accomplish this deception.

Advertising, discounts and specials…. Used to bring in new customers, used to give a value to existing loyal customers, used to bring in revenue and interest in otherwise slow time periods for the business. So much for good rapport with your customer base Sonic !!

So, if you’re tired of being taken Advantage of… or if you’ve had the same discourteous schemes played out against you, feel free to write me with your stories, and I’ll gladly post them on every board I come across that I can post on.

GawgaDave@aol.com

Dave
Buford, GA
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2009-06-30:
So they have bad food AND bad math.
Posted by Mario The Great on 2009-06-30:
Needs to be changed from a COMPLIMENT to a COMPLAINT - and I think their food is decent. Although.....there is a $0.10 charge for a STRAW on the 1/2 off drinks....Those $%^&$#%^!
Posted by skelly39 on 2009-07-01:
Do you realize how much time you wasted for 50 cents? So you got an idiot for an employee who didn't know what he or she was talking about. The manager tried to make it right but you didn't like it, so you called him back and then wrote a two page post on here.
Just don't go back there. Takes less time than going through all this for some change.
Posted by i_am_canadian on 2009-07-18:
You sound obnoxious and arrogant, the type of person every customer service employee dreads dealing with. I'm sure they won't miss you.
Posted by toby1917 on 2011-10-04:
I created an account on this site solely for the purpose to tell you that you most certainly have consumed saliva in many dinners.
Posted by Merddyn on 2011-12-27:
Um... That 50 cents you raised such a fuss about is the sales tax. For example, the sales tax in Texas is 8.25%. In other words, for every dollar, add 8.25 cents to that. Let's say it's $6 even, just for the sake of simplicity. 8 * 6 = 48, .25 * 6 is 1.5
Posted by Janice on 2013-05-14:
I just ordered this at our local Sonic and they tried to charge me nearly 20% sales tax. When I questioned this, my order took about 25 minutes to get to me, upon which, they charged me the correct price. Some people may not care about 50 cents, but we already live in a world where we are nickel and dimed. Give me a break!
Posted by Hmmm... on 2013-09-05:
I understand, my kids and husband love Sonic, I could easily live w/o it. We have 6 Sonics here in our town and I've only found 1 that's decent for my liking. I've experienced poor/rude service, people just not trained properly, and many that just don't give a crap (including managers). Let's face it, a lot of our youth these days have lost what businesses use to pride themselves in. My great-grandpa used to own a grocery store and customer service was #1. He would've went out of business if he acted like that, not to mention looking like a jackass.
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No More NY/NJ/CT/PA Ads
Posted by NotHappy on 04/20/2006
I live in the NY/NJ Metro Area. At lease one sonic appears on all local channels at least once every half hour. Their food looks good, however there is no sonic in the NY/NJ/PA/CT area. Why advertise when there is no where to purchase your product? I looked on their web site, and there are no Northern locations in the USA. What is going on here?? Please stop your ads in areas where you do not have restaurants.

Thank you!!
     
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Posted by viperpa33s on 2006-04-20:
Depending on what channel you seen the commercials. If it's a channel like USA or TNT, they are national stations. You would probably not see the commercial on a local affiliate station like NBC if there isn't one in the area.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-04-20:
Sometimes advertisers buy packages of ads that include time on "sister" stations. They may be out of area, but are owned by the same company as some stations in their market. By buying big packages of ads, their overall cost is lower. So as they say, "lighten up Francis".
Posted by KenPC on 2006-04-20:
I see them here all the time, in Greater Boston, but alas not a Sonic to be found. Cable providers have the ability to selectively present ads by region, so it seems like someone in the Sonic PR department needs a kick in the ...buns!
Posted by Ponie on 2006-04-20:
I see them all the time on the cable channels in my area but we have none located here. Finally got a Steak 'n Shake a few months ago. Guess that's what I get for living in the boonies!
Posted by glc on 2006-04-20:
Not Happy...these ads have obviously piqued your interest...Good news! There's a Sonic on Route 60 in Cabel, WV. Happy Trails!
Posted by beanbagbritches on 2006-05-18:
You sound like one of those customers who complains to the cable company that you don't want to be "teased" by the extra channels you don't use. Just ignore the commercials & move on with your life.
Posted by Splash on 2006-08-07:
JayD -- where is the Sonic Drive-In located in Waterbury? I will drive to it if I can find it!!
Posted by Yankee BayB on 2007-09-09:
Ok I live in Rochester NY and I have to say I am very disappointed in the fact that you advertise sonic on t.v here and the closest one is Franklin OH. I do not want to drive 7 and a half hours for your food. I lived in Tennessee and was a frequent customer. I love sonic and everytime I see the commercial on t.v I get furious about it. It would be great if you would consider putting some in Rochester NY. I know my family and all my friends are dying to try it because i rant and rave about how ggod it was to have when I lived down south. I find it messed up there are none in the nourthern states and feel its not right. So please bring it this way. If your not going to then stop playing the damn commercials. Thank you!
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food poisoning
Posted by on 11/06/2001
PEARSALL, TEXAS -- I had gone out to eat one Saturday afternoon at Sonic with a close friend of mine, and we ended up the next day in the E.R. The doctor claimed we had suffered a severe case of food poisoning. We gave him all the information he asked, like where we ate last and what was it. We told him we had ate last at Sonic and that it was the only place we had gone out to eat in a while. We ate a 'coney meal deal'. We reported the incident to the Health Department the day we were released from the hospital. We couldn't reach them so we tried the next day, until we finally talked to somebody and all they told us was they didn't have enough people that had gotten sick so they couldn't really do much. We spent two days in the hospital. Two days away from our kids that have to go to school in the mornings. We are single mothers and that was really hard for us to go through being sick and hospitalized just because people don't know how to handle the food where they work at.

To help keep me as a potential future customer, I would like the following:

I would like for somebody to go and inspect that fast food place. Have somebody repeat the food handling rules to the people that work there. I would like somebody to hear me, not just dismiss me!I would like some compensation.

At the very least I would like a response from your company regarding this incident. Thank you for your time.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2001-11-24:
The happy ending to your story is - you lived. Had you eaten my wienner you would have died of AIDS. Be glad it was just food poisining. Some kid probably forgot to wash his hands afer he took a dump, made your wiennners and then remembered to wash. Thats why no one else got sick. So, did that pimple faced kid's poo at least taste good when you ate it?
Posted by Anonymous on 2001-11-30:
I also got food poisoning from a sonic in Deridder,LA a few years ago. I was a military wife with i 2mo. baby at home, my husband was over seas at the time. We ate dinner, thought nothing, the next morning i couldnt even walk to the bathroom without holding the walls. i called the store and they said about the same thing "there is nothing that can be done with out a test" the hospital told me there really isn't a test. Two days of my neighbors having to take care of me and my daughter, without so much as an apology. My family has never eaten at a sonic since.
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-01-02:
I also had a round with a conney dog at the sonic in Liberty, Texas. I did not go to the hospital but I was sick as a dog. One of the ladies who work there told me the problem was probably due to the chilli not being fresh. We do not even have a health department here to check eating establishments. No telling wha twe are eating.
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-05-02:
You just ate a hot dog with chili. You have to be super human NOT to get the runs. OK, so yours lasted a couple days, you should have stopped at 2 dogs instead of going after a 3rd.
Posted by calandra on 2012-04-28:
My business partners and i got violently ill after eating dinner at sonic-the health dept. results were this
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I'll have the #1 with a side of attitude...
Posted by on 07/31/2011
FARMINGTON, NEW MEXICO -- My daughter and I just finished coming from a movie, and since she skipped dinner and went swimming earlier, she had quite the appetite. The first place we came across was a Sonic. I was driving my 2002 Chevy Silverado (foreshadowing), and drove past the dine-in area where you can park and eat, and onto the drive-thru area. The intercom (order box) is on the backside in the middle of a U-turn. There are yellow pylon-like barriers on the outer edge (passenger side). The barriers leave very little room for any vehicle other than a compact or mid-size. Being in the Silverado, I pulled around the outside of them, as though I was just going to drive through the parking lot. I then checked to make sure no one else was in line or coming anytime soon, and then began to back-up to the intercom from the front side.

As soon as I had my truck positioned, a young man (presumably 16+/-) then came over the intercom and asked me to pull all the way around the building, past the pick-up window and all the way around from where I just came from. ???? I asked him what the problem was. I thought for a split second that maybe I hadn't tripped their sensor, but then immediately realized that I had to have, or else how was he talking to me, without visual eye contact.

The next response uttered from his mouth nearly floored me. He said because I had backed in, and they don't like people doing that. ???? I said, "Okay, well my truck didn't fit thru the U-turn, yada-yada-yada, but I'm here now." Can you still take my order. If his first statement wasn't shocking enough, the next sentence flabbergasted me. He said I STILL needed to pull around because "he saw me back-in". It was as though he was attempting to play a power trip. He physically wanted to see me pull around or else he wasn't going to take my order. ???? I told him that I am sitting at the intercom, regardless of how I arrived there, so would he please take my order.

That's when things got interesting. He snaps, "FINE...WHAT CAN I GET YOU THEN"! I said I would like a #1 (Sonic Burger w/ fries & a medium Dr. Pepper). He began asking mayo, mustard, or ketchup...fries or tots, etc...and cutting me off each time before I could complete my answer. My daughter said, "What's his problem"? I told her I'm not sure, but I've had enough of this conversation and condescending attitude for one night. I asked to speak to his manager. A few seconds later, a very polite woman asked me to pull forward to the window. She was very apologetic and sincere, and asked me to repeat my order. I did and she rang up the transaction very professionally. End of story, right?...WRONG!

This is where things really take off and escalate. A different young woman, about the same age as the young man I dealt with earlier on the intercom, comes to hand us our bag of food (no drink). She slides the window open and literally STARED at my daughter and I for what seemed like an eternity, with the cheesiest smirk I have ever seen in my life. No exaggeration! The look on her face spoke with a sarcastic tone saying, "Go ahead...enjoy the spit." My daughter looked at me and said, "What was that all about?" I said, "Okay, then you saw her expression too. It wasn't just my imagination." I then yelled through the window (not because I was mad, but because they closed it and couldn't hear me), "Excuse me!" The manager slid the window open and asked what else I needed. I said that they hadn't given me my drink. And I also questioned her as to the attitude of the lady that handed the food to us. She asked what I was talking about. My daughter and I both explained the sneer and smirk she had given us. Again, the manager apologized. She was very professional. As she was talking and apologizing to us, another crew member (thuggish looking) was peering through the window over the manager's shoulder. I asked her what his problem was, and that I didn't need an audience and didn't appreciate the intimidating feeling my daughter was beginning to have. I could tell by her body language that she was getting extremely uncomfortable. The manager then asked me to calm down. I politely told her I was very calm, that is was in fact the rest of her crew that needed to calm down.

I asked for the store #, along with the General Manager's phone number. Being that is was pretty late, I'll have no choice but to visit in the morning. It comes as no great surprise to any of the regular members on this site just how much I eat out at fast food restaurants. Let me tell you...I WILL NEVER EAT AT THIS LOCATION AGAIN. Somethings I can let slide, while others I cannot. This is falling under the latter of the two. I will contact the General Manager tomorrow, and if I don't feel an acceptable resolution and apology has been made to my daughter and I, I will take it a step further and go to corporate. I will keep you updated for those that are reading this review.

P.S.-The manager on-shift that night (sorry I didn't catch her name) was EXTREMELY professional in dealing with me as a customer. It was the other three employees that have no business whatsoever in the customer service industry.

FYI...I drove down the street, ordered McDonald's and threw the bag of Sonic in the trash. We both looked at each other and were FULLY convinced they spit in it or something worse.
     
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Posted by Alain on 2011-07-31:
I'd talk to the general manager and/or franchise manager and I'd also tell corporate about it, as well. That's bordering on criminal behaviour, particularly the one who implied that they'd spit in the drink. Let me know what sort of response you get from the GM. I'm hoping they fire the crew members involved in this. Oh, good and interesting review, too.
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-07-31:
Good review,,,did ya have to pay at the Sonic?
Posted by Venice09 on 2011-07-31:
I was thinking the same thing, jkt. If I suspected foul play, I would not have paid or taken the food.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-07-31:
great review.

very helpful!

one more reason to avoid sonic.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
I would have left at the first sign of attitude at the intercom because no matter what happened after that the food would have left a bad taste in my mouth.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-07-31:
The moral of the story is don't take a large truck through the Sonic drive-thru. That's where this meal went sour.

That's the only things that makes sense, unless this Sonic is in situated in the Twilight Zone, or only hires thugs and D-movie actors with cheesy smiles.
Posted by Churro on 2011-07-31:
You and Drive-thru's J4A. Like oil and water. I'll pass this along to the ex at Sonic Corp. I'll be interested to see if they remember you at this Sonic.

Interesting review.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-07-31:
These big shots in their big cars wanting special attention all the time !!! Where's the Justice 4 ALL????

Just kiddin'....
I'd have to say, I would have done the same, but I would have refused the order at that time and asked for my money back...yeah, there was some extras on that sammie intended for you!
Posted by MRM on 2011-07-31:
Wheres the ending to this saga? You were convinced that they spit in your food that you should have asked for a refund for spitting in your food and for unsatisfactory customer service.
Posted by GenuineNerd on 2011-07-31:
Once I went to a Sonic with a full size van, in the dine-in area, and it was a tight squeeze-I nearly scraped the passenger side of the van when I pulled in to order. Sonic could make their parking and drive-thru areas a tad wider, to accommodate those with larger or wider vehicles, such as large SUV's, as well as full-sized pickup trucks and vans.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
Just another reason why I don't go to Sonic. The food's not that great anyways
Posted by Slimster on 2011-07-31:
Ran into the same kinda thing at a drive thru with my old Dakota. Seems some punks just don't like us geezers in our old beater trucks.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
The situation could've been handled differently from both parties involved. In my eyes, the instigation was the power trip of the youngster asking a customer to pull around again, even though I was already in place (regardless of how I arrived at that position), for no other reason than to humiliate me.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
Since my daughter is 15 and nearing an age where she will someday soon be experiencing these situations on her own, I asked her how she would've handled it. She echoed Ript's sentiment by saying as soon as the employee on the intercom gave her the slightest hint of an attitude, she would have drove off and taken her business elsewhere. *Good head on her shoulders*
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
Resolution: I called the manager this afternoon, and relayed the details of my visit. She apologized and placed my original order in their system so that it will be ready and paid for whenever I decide to visit again, since mg daughter wasn't currently hungry for it. She also offered to review last night's schedule to ensure the necessary disciplinary actions will be taken. I didn't ask for free food or any other type of compensation, vouchers, etc...I only asked to be treated politely as a paying customer.
Posted by MRM on 2011-07-31:
Hip Hip Hooray!
Posted by MRM on 2011-07-31:
If you come back to that location again, Im sure rumors will being going around at that Sonic and they'll spit in your food again. I wouldnt come back.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
MRM> That was my initial thought as well, but the manager said she was putting it in the system as though I was an everyday customer who just received a mixed up order, in order to keep from raising a flag.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-31:
I've received the same treatment at fast food joints and generally speaking its a late evening/night crew. During the day there usually isn't an issue. I don't know if its a coincidence or not... Good review!
Posted by Alain on 2011-08-01:
Good to hear the manager worked with you, J4A! I still hope they fire those involved.
Posted by MRM on 2011-08-01:
Hey Hey, somebody voted my comment helpful! Much love to you, too!
Posted by MRM on 2011-08-01:
Its gotta be Alain that voted my comment helpful! Thank you! Thank you!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-01:
Who puts an intercom box on a U-Turn?? Sounds like Sonic is discriminating against anyone that dares to drive anything bigger than a Smart Car. If I was the OP, I'd have done what I was told and circled back around, and then when my 2002 Silverado got scratched/dented I would have proceeded to file suit against Sonic for the mental anguish and the damage to my truck.
Posted by Churro on 2011-08-01:
OR the OP could have merely pulled into one of the many spacious stalls and chilled to the sweet sounds of sonic radio while waiting for a cute carhop to deliver the goods. That's the best way to enjoy Sonic, America's Drive-in.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-01:
Why should the OP have to pull into one of the many spacious stalls? It's not like the OP was trying to drive a big rig through it. Sonic needs to think about these things before they make such stupidly designed drive thrus.
Posted by Churro on 2011-08-01:
JC, I challenge you to check out this sonic on maps.bing.com in the bird's eye view. Then come back and tell me that this drive-thru is designed for smart cars. No offense to the OP but that's one luxurious drive-thru I'll tell ya what.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-01:
Hmmmm....based on that picture, I am really puzzled now. I mean this really makes it look like the Sonic employee had a valid point...I mean that drive thru looks like you could drive a big rig through it!
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Gift Cards from Sonic are a gift to Sonic
Posted by Ladybug88888888 on 12/31/2011
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS -- OMG! I wish I had read this site before purchasing two gift cards on 12/15. They were stocking stuffers and I ended up only giving out one. However, I thought I would just use the left over one on 12/31. It had never been out of my purse, yet $0.00 balance. I don't have a receipt because of some issue inside. I had waited a long time for the food and the gift cards. The girl brought out the food and I didn't wait for them to figure out what was going on. Well, not a good move on my part. However, I read other complaints that said it didn't matter. Receipt or no, there was nothing Sonic would do. So, I sent an email. I tried to call. All I can do now is let everyone know what happened. I am in a car pool that stops at Sonic every day. I'm so going to stop that. I am done with them. It is all I can do at this point.


     
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Posted by At Your Service on 2012-01-01:
This is where a receipt is important. Without it, they cards could have been had without any payment or balance on them.
Posted by Anna Molly on 2012-01-01:
Was the gift card you gave out able to be used?
Posted by At Your Service on 2012-01-01:
Good point Anna Molly. Is it possible that the full amount was placed on only one card?
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Drink
Posted by Jackelyn_129 on 08/12/2011
If their not allowed to sell you a Purple Orgasm because of the name they need to change it because I'm not sure of every little ingredient and it tastes like crap because I didn't have the right ingredients. So they need to come up with a name for it that they are allowed to say and serve.
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-12:
good review, very concise!
Posted by drugdoc121 on 2011-08-12:
Problem is Venice, I don't believe that IS the name Sonic gives the drink. Not only that, apparently doing a quick search shows different names are attributed to this drink as well as different ingredients, depending where in the country you are. Thanks for the translation though.
Posted by drugdoc121 on 2011-08-12:
Can't argue with that Venice!
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-08-12:
i agree with this review and found it very helpful!

besides, all ages go to sonic, and do we really want kids asking for this by name?
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-08-12:
I can't tell if this drink is on the menu or not, and if the OP was trying to make it themself at home ("I did not have all the ingredients").

I'm glad others found this helpful - I could not tell what the complaint is.
Posted by Skye on 2011-08-13:
Sonic does not carry a drink called the Purple Orgasm. Bing it, and you'll find out why its called that, but Sonic never called it by that name.

It's just a slang street name people started to call it, because apparently it's SOOO good.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-08-13:
I've never seen so many deleted comments on one review before. LOL But anyway, does Sonic not give the correct name and still serve the drink when asked?
Posted by Paige on 2013-05-29:
I work at sonic. If you want the infamous "purple orgasm" (there is not a formal name for it) just ask for a sprite with a shot of cranberry juice, vanilla, and powerade. Enjoy.
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New Menu
Posted by Km68199 on 07/03/2011
I am a regular Sonic customer and am very displeased that these two items have been removed from the menu!!! Removing cheddar peppers is like removing the heart of Sonic!! These items need to be returned or else you will loose a large amount of customers!!
     
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Posted by trmn8r on 2011-07-03:
The Cheddar Peppers were the heart of Sonic. Really? If they were, I can't imagine why they would get rid of them.

A chain drops items for one of a variety of reasons. One is to add other items. One is due to lack of popularity. One is the item is too hard to source (ingredients, assembly procedure).

It is hard to know why they dropped them. I find it questionable that they were the heart of the organization.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-03:
What are chedder peppers? Are they like jalapeno peppers? I can't imagine they will lose a lot of customers because of getting rid of that product. I thought people went to Sonic mostly for the drinks, shakes, and other frozen treats. And for the coney dogs. I doubt they go there just for a side dish
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-07-03:
Those are the items I would guess, yaya. Maybe burgers too.

Maybe these are a regional item that works better in some markets than others. I don't see them being a core product though.
Posted by Mrs.Cole on 2011-07-03:
4 jalapenos, 330 calories, 150 calories from fat and 17gr saturated fat! That's just from the peppers, I'm sure there would be more to the meal. Could be why they were removed.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-07-03:
Good review. I wouldn't be happy either if a key ingredient was removed. Welcome aboard.
Posted by azRider on 2011-07-04:
man I hated those. I use to complain to people I know about the cheddar peppers. I'm happy they are pulling them. for me the heart of Sonic was always the burgers. they use to have a great Thousand island burger. but that pulled that. they use to have a burger #1 and a Burger #2 that you could order; I miss those too. all the burgers have degraded. at least they still have the chili cheese coneys. when they drop that I'm done with them.
Posted by Ostate on 2011-07-18:
I agree I loves cheddar peppers probably the best thing in the menu. Anyone know why they were dropped?
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No Service
Posted by 0812384898 on 06/05/2011
I was just at the Kingshighway Sonic in Saint Louis and I sat in the drive thru for over 5 minutes with no one responding to me to take my order. I finally gave up and drove off furious. To make it even more worse there was 5 employees all talking when I drove past in the window. Terrible service!!
     
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Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-05:
az, the OP said they were in the drive thru, our Sonic has dine in, carhop service, and a drive thru option.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-06-05:
If this happened to me, and I REALLY wanted Sonic, I would have stopped at the window and asked that they take my order.

However, I already made my one lifetime trip to the Sonic drive-thru.

Is there any chance they were closed?
Posted by azRider on 2011-06-05:
I was not aware that sonic had a drive through.
the 3 we have here near me are all drive-in, park, place order via the big menu at the drivers window. none of them have a drive through here. the ones I've been to in OK, TX and NM were the same design. in fact the name is actually 'Sonic Dive-in'. perhaps this is a new sonic design they have where there is a drive though window. yet, when I check the sonic web site there is no mention of a drive through window at any location on their map, and it has a short explanation of how to order at the drive-in stalls they have. so color me confused..
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-06:
Our Sonic's here have drive-thru. Perhaps the speaker was broke, or the motion sensor that alerts them of your presence wasn't working properly. I probably would've pulled forward and asked for my order to be taken.
Posted by azRider on 2011-06-06:
well what do you know.. I did some searching and found that some newer Sonics have a drive through! well in that case please ignore all previous comments as I'm a silly goat for not checking before writing.. and here I preach reading first and paying attention.. excuse me while I remove the foot in my mouth.. please carry on..
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-06:
azRider> It happens to the best of us:)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-06:
At least it was your foot inyour mouth and not Debtor's az, lol.
Posted by ChuhBaca on 2011-06-06:
The Sonic closest to me in CO has a drive through. When I used to work fast food in high school, sometimes the sensor would fail. Mostly, however, it was due to snow.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-06:
Five minutes in the drive thru with no recognition? Another poorly managed fast food joint...No surprise there.

I am a fan of their root beer floats, the food..not so much
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-06-06:
Ugggh. You had to go and say that Greenlightgo. Now I will have to return to Sonic just to try a RBF. Haven't had one in years.

I tried their food once and decided not to return.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-06:
I've never understood why people love root beer floats. I think it's nasty. Ice cream and soda mixed together? Yecchh! The only thing I like from Sonic is their banana cream pie shake. I don't care for the food
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-06-06:
I don't like root beer floats, but I enjoy coke floats.
Posted by Churro on 2011-06-06:
The supersonic Breakfast burrito is pretty good especially with some huyfong but that's about the only thing I eat at Sonic these days.

When I was a kid Sonic had the best hamburgers. Back then they were just an Oklahoma thang. It wasn't until they started serving crap did Sonic become a big hit outside of Oklahoma and now all the United States. So really y'all non-okies got nobody to blame but yourselves for the slop sonic serves today. And that's a fact.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-06-06:
little - I can't describe what it is. It's indefinable!!!

There is this foam you get that is fatty and sweet at the same time. Now what does that make you think of? Mmmm.

Anyway, it is something about the velvety smoothness of the ice cream, carbonation and sweetness that combine to make a sensual delight the gods not dare dream of.

Or, maybe it's just good...
Posted by Starlord on 2011-06-06:
Funny, every Sonic I have ever been to has a menu board that you can take your time to decide what you wish to order, and then YOU PUSH A BUTTON. The button lights up a light on the board inside, and your order is taken over the speaker. Odd that the OP did not mention pushing the button, or maybe he/she believes that you should have a carhop on top of you as soon as you pull in.
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Has Anyone Tried The New Line Of Hot Dogs From Sonic?
Posted by on 03/08/2011
They look good but are they of the same realm as a Nathan's or other gourmet hot dog places? Even close?

Just wondering before I go forking over my hard earned change.

Thanks.
     
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Posted by MDSasquatch on 2011-03-08:
When I eat the lips and tips of an animal, I want it to be beef, not those turkey or chicken dogs. If Sonic's are pure beef, I'd venture on over and give them a try.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
They claim to be all beef and you are so correct about cheaper brands of hot dogs. Inedible at best!!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
All beef can also mean lips, ears, and noses...as long as it's 'beef' it can come from any part of the animal.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Not even close man. I'd rather chow down the blue plate special at the Habana Inn than put a sonic wiener in my mouth. That's how I see it.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Personally, I try to stay away from fast foods altogether.
Debtor (if I may call you that) if the beef dog is Kosher then you don't get those parts, just the beef.
Sir Lord, they (Sonic dogs) can't be THAT bad can they?
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-03-08:
unless the dogs are kosher, that would leave me out. nathans, and hebrew national are two kosher dogs. nathans do not use a casing, and hebrew national use some type of cellulose casing. the casing on hebrew national is tough and hard to bite thru. nathans is very easy to bite and really good.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
I prefer the Hebrew National with the casing.
I sear or sometimes deep fry the dog which makes the casing easier to bite through. I hate when the skin is chewy.
I would doubt that Sonic's dogs are Kosher, the cost would be prohibitive and there are those that don't eat Kosher beef for whatever reason.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
Though I am NOT a Debtor, you can call me that as long as it is with a capital 'D'.
And I agree about the Kosher dogs, but I was referring to MDS's comment about beef dogs. Hebrew National and Best Kosher dogs are the only ones I buy.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
These aren't Kosher but aren't bad. They are available on the west coast.

http://www.hormelfoods.com/newsroom/brandinfo/FarmerJohnHotDogFS.aspx
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
Do you REALLY thing I'm gonna click on any link that has 'Hormel' in it? I think you need to get to know me a little better than that!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
They are beef franks that Hormel brands distributes out there, Debtor.
Hormel isn't all bad.
What brands of meat do you eat?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
If you want me to puke on you, just keep it up! And I know this is no way to welcome a newbie...but there are some things you'll have to learn....
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Just sharing my infinite knowledge of food, Debtor.
You seem a bit uptight are you always like that or just out of Metamucil? j/k
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
Metamucil is for old people and I'm only 28.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
Ah...I just noticed this review was posted by Lsalvador...
Posted by MRM on 2011-03-08:
Its true that you're not getting any older! Well, hot diggity dog!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
Man-O-Man, I sure miss my Zman...he would be able to help Lsal out on this question.
Posted by madconsumer on 2011-03-08:
+ 100 Lsalvador
Posted by momsey on 2011-03-08:
My hubby enjoys Sonic's new hot dogs!
Posted by MRM on 2011-03-08:
Laquita, welcome back!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Does ZZ eat hot dogs?
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
Only if the girl serving it whacks him with a potholder when she gives it to him.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
He does Momsey?
I may give them a shot. I reside across the street from a gourmet dog place but still haven't gotten used to paying four bucks for ANY kind of dog. I guess it is a geographical thing, huh?

Laquita? Who is that?
Posted by MRM on 2011-03-08:
Oh, sorry, I meant Shaquita, welcome back!
Posted by MRM on 2011-03-08:
Scratch that, Lakisha welcome back!
Posted by jktshff1 on 2011-03-08:
Trouble keeping up MRM?:)
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
I'm a guy MRM.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Sweet! New guy on the block!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Been years since I ate at a sonic maybe I'll try it out.
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2011-03-08:
There ain't no hotdog in this world worth four bucks!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-03-08:
Love their banana cream pie shakes. Haven't had one in years though, too fattening
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You Would Have Thought I Was Asking For The Moon!!!!
Posted by Krissydahling on 02/27/2011
I stop in one of three Sonic drive inns per day. I always get a large route 44 drink. Usually sweet tea to drink. Once a car hop told me I was allowed a refill if I wanted. So I said okay. Today 2-26-11 I went to another Sonic and when half way thru, I asked for a refill. They were like...'We don't give refills.....We can sell you another drink". So I said, "No, that's okay...I will go to the other Sonic where I have gotten one before".

People, I usually tip $3.00 on a $5.00 order...so it is not like I am asking for too much..I go there daily for Pete's sake.!!!

By the way, I get my refills at Sonic Nolensville, Tn. And Smyrna, Tn. No refills at Almaville rd. Sonic in Smyrna.
     
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Posted by Ytropious on 2011-02-27:
Does it say free refills? The one who gave you it for free was probably doing so to get a tip. She will likely be fired if the company finds out. I used to work at Chuck E Cheese and it was common place for certain hostesses to give their parties free stuff in hopes of getting a larger tip. Once management found out they were all promptly fired. If it is not company policy to give free refills then you can't honestly blame the store for not giving it to you. If one franchise does it, that's their business.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-27:
Cmon, if Sonic wants to compete with other fast food restaurants, they need to offer free refills. I thought free refills at fast food joints was standard.
Posted by Ytropious on 2011-02-27:
It depends, a lot of places charge a discounted rate for refills, some have free refills, some have no refills.
Posted by The_Jeecheroo on 2011-02-27:
Seeing that Sonic is typically a "to go" fast food joint, I can see why they probably aren't too keen about serving free refills. They're trying to serve multiple drive-ins and it disrupts the workers when people keep going up to the window to ask for refills, for one.
Posted by trmn8r on 2011-02-27:
It is not legitimate for them to give you refills, if the policy is "no refills", because you give them a good tip. The tip is immaterial. You need to find out the policy at each location - it is possible that they are different, or it is possible someone is giving you something you aren't supposed to be getting.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-27:
Am I reading this right? That drink costs $5.00 and no refills? That is a rip off.
Posted by Ben There on 2011-02-27:
Were you actually dining at the restaurant, or did you go back to the drive through for your drink refill?
Posted by ticia232 on 2011-02-27:
You expected a free refill from another location??? Just because one store does it for you, does not mean a DIFFERENT one will. If you went to Sonic in another state would expect a free refill because your favorite Sonic does?
Posted by Skye on 2011-02-27:
I've never been to one that does offer free refills, but I've heard some do, depending on the location.
Posted by Anonymous on 2011-02-27:
Although not advertised it is Sonic's (America's Drive-In) policy to offer free refils for those who purchased the drink on the current visit. At least that's Sonic's (America's Drive-In) Corp position.

I'm going to pass along this review to the proper sonic (America's Drive-In) 'authorites' so the store in question can better educate their employees.

Good review.
Posted by mrnmrsweibel on 2011-02-28:
I am confused here. Did you get the first drink at the same time and just wanted more? Or did you get the drink the day before and think you were going to get a refill the next day? As far as I know free refills only apply to the same day/same order transaction. You shouldn't really expect to buy a drink in the morning and go in later in the day and refill it for free either.
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